A woman dubbed the Angel of London Bridge was stabbed by all three attackers when she rushed to the aid of another victim after telling her friends: “I’m a nurse. I have to go and help”, an inquest has heard.
Kirsty Boden, 28, had been dining with friends at Boro Bistro when Khuram Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba crashed their van on London before attacking bystanders in Borough Market.
The Guy’s Hospital nurse dashed from her table to help waiter Alexandre Pigeard, 26, who had been stabbed during the attack.
She was caught on mobile phone footage bending over the stricken Frenchman on the ground when she was set upon by all three knifemen.
The Old Bailey heard how Butt, 27, appeared to make a stabbing motion before Redouane, 30, and Zaghba, 22, also moved in.
The tip of Butt’s 12-in pink ceramic blade was later found embedded in Ms Boden’s head.
CCTV footage showed her clearly injured as she fled the carnage before she collapsed.
In a statement read to court, friend Melanie Schroeder said: “Kirsty jumped up and said ‘I’m a nurse. I have to go and help. I need to see if they need help’.
“Kirsty headed off and I thought nothing of it.
“The next thing I remember was hearing screaming and thinking to myself ‘calm the f*** down it’s just a crash’.
Ms Schroeder said she and companion Harriet Mooney ran away with other diners and she came across Ms Boden’s body on the ground as she returned.
“As I was walking back to the Boro Bistro I saw Kirsty lying on the corner.
“I recognised the person lying in the floor as Kirsty because of her bright pink cardigan.
“I screamed ‘Kirsty’ and ran down the alleyway.”
Ms Boden had suffered stab wounds and was alive but unable to speak, she said.
Ms Schroeder helped with first aid along with a GP who gave chest compressions before saying she was gone and there was nothing more they could do, the court heard.
Witness Alexandre Colou saw Ms Boden falling down as crowds of people fled the attackers and initially thought she had tripped before he saw “blood everywhere”.
He said: “Her eyes were moving wildly.
“She had difficulties breathing. I was talking to her and then her eyes stopped moving.
“I said ‘stay awake, stay awake, stay with me’.”
Gareth Patterson QC, for her family, said Ms Boden got up within seconds of the crash, thinking of others rather than her own safety.
She was “right there in the thick of it” when she tried to help Mr Pigeard.
Ms Boden was one of eight people killed when three terrorists mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge and ran amok around Borough Market.
Xavier Thomas, 45, Christine Archibald, 30, Mr Pigeard, 26, Sara Zelenak, 21, Ms Boden, 28, Sebastien Belanger, 36, James McMullan, 32, and Ignacio Echeverria, 39 all died in the atrocity.
Their attackers were shot dead near Borough Market in less than 10 minutes.